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How to Cite a Book in MLA


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Citing a book today is much different than it was 30 years ago. Back in the good ol’ days, there was only one type of format available: print books. Thanks to the advent of technology, there are now tons of formats readily available. We have e-readers, audiobooks, books on the Internet, plus many, many more.

Now that we have so many formats available, it can be pretty tricky to cite a book properly. But have no fear, we’re here to help! Citation Machine always has your back when it comes to citing and writing. That’s why we’ve put together the infographic “6 Ways to Cite a Book in MLA Format.”

It’s pretty simple to use. First, spot the type of book you’re attempting to reference; we’ve included six of the most popular types. Next, review the example reference structure and follow that when creating your references. Lastly, compare your reference to the example we’ve provided. Take away the guesswork of creating your book citations and use our snazzy infographic to help make stellar references that are on point.

Keep in mind that this infographic displays MLA citation format. If you’re looking to cite a book in APA style, check out our thorough APA format guide.

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6 ways to cite a book


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How do I format an APA-style reference list entry of a book with an editor?

To format an APA-style reference list entry of a book with an editor, include the names of the contributors, chapter title, name of the editor, title of the book, publication date, and publisher. Following are a template and example on how to format an APA-style reference list entry of a book with an editor.


Author Surname, F. M. (Publication Date). Chapter title. In Editor’s F. Surname (Ed.), Title of the book (pp. #–#). Publisher.


Abbot, K. W. (2018). Orchestration: Strategic ordering in polycentric climate governance. In A. Jordan (Ed.), Governing climate change: Polycentricity in action? (pp. 188-209). Cambridge University Press.

Points to remember

Italicize the book title. Write it in sentence case.

Do not add the place of the publisher.

Add “(Ed.)” after the name of the editor or “(Eds.)” if there is more than one editor.

If you want to include the page range, add it in parenthesis after the book title.

How do I cite an online book in Chicago (notes-bibliography) style?

To cite an online book in Chicago (notes-bibliography) style, include the names of the contributors, title of the book, publisher name and location, publication date, and URL. Following are a template and example for how to cite an online book in Chicago notes-bibliography style.


Author Surname, First Name M. Title of the Book. Place of Publication: Publisher Name, publication date. URL.


Reilly, Sarah. Wellbeing and the Historic Environment. London: Historic England, 2018. https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/wellbeing-and-the-historic-environment/.